- Please at all times show respect to the King and to the Royal family.
- When you meet with a Thai national it is polite to greet them by a form of a Wai.
- It is seen as very impolite to touch a thai persons head. Please do not do this.
- You should never point your feet towards people or step over there legs, It is polite to walk around them.
- It is customary when entering a thai home to remove your shoes and at all times when entering a temple.
- Things in Thailand can take a little longer than in the western world , so relax and keep smiling. Sabai, Sabai.
If you wish to change currency then do not do this at the airport or your hotel . One of the best rates will be given by Vasu Exchange which is situated very centrally in Bangkok at Sukhumvit Road close to Nana BTS station. Tel 022531706
If you will be using public transport in the form of taxis, ensure the meter is activated when you start your journey.
For doctors that can visit you Global Doctors offer a very good service Tel 022368440
Samitivej Hospital Tel 027118181
We hope these few pointers will help you in enjoying your time in Thailand.
Bangkok Markets and shopping malls
Shopping in Bangkok is far easier and cooler by night. As well as the much appreciated drop in temperature, the sights, sounds, colours and smells always seem somehow more vivid once the sun has set. The range of markets is quite large and each one has their own various specialties and unique features.
The Pratunam Market Complex, situated near to the famous Pantip Plaza is a great place to seek out those designer goods. Huge amounts of stalls offer a large range of handbags, accessories, T-Shirts and fashion. This indoor market enjoys the cooling relief of air-conditioning. As well as this indoor market, the surrounding streets are full of interesting stalls that also have a good range of designer goods such as handbags and purses. The inside market is open 24 hours a day.
Patpong Night Market is very popular with tourists. Situated within the notorious district of Patpong, a place of sex shows and go-go bars, one of the places I would suggest you avoid in Bangkok if you are looking for girls then I would recommend Nana Plaza or Soi Cowboy they are less risky. The Patpong Night Market is full of stalls selling fake designer goods at rock-bottom prices. Bargain hard and visitors can bag themselves a very cheap ‘Rolex’ watch or ‘Armani’ handbag. The goods here are of decent quality but tend not to be the real thing. You will unfortunately be on the receiving end of some hard sell in this area, both from stall owners and proprietors of the notorious bars whose glittering neon lights dominate the landscape. Please note with the new government there has been changes to the rules store owners are not legally allowed to sell counterfeit items such as designer bags openly but they are still available you may need to ask for them as they will be under the counter.
The Memorial Bridge Night Market is another night-market which sells a large range of different products. Very good bargains can be found here, as the market is less popular with tourists than some of its fellow markets.
Central World – The largest mixed-use complex in the heart of Bangkok. The project comprises an area of more than 830,000 sqm, with over 550,000 sqm contributing to CentralWorld Shopping Complex, the largest lifestyle shopping complex in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. that you’ll find brands that are trendy and generally wallet- friendly. Inside its mammoth-size structure, there is everything you need to enjoy your day: delicious restaurants, 500+ shops, a world class cinema as well as occasional exciting events.
Chatuchak Market – Overflowing with souvenirs, food, clothes, art… It’s a great experience even for non-shoppers, and really easy to get to on the Skytrain. Open on weekends only. Next to BTS Mochit station. Very interesting, but it can be very hot and crowded. Te largest market in Bangkok and one of the largest in the world.
Siam Paragon – A new, upmarket mega mall with a department store and many high end boutiques and shops. This is a family destination with something for everyone – Siam Ocean World at the basement should keep the kids busy while the serious shopper is at work. Exit at BTS Siam Station which leads to level 2 of this mall. Connected with other shopping mall : Discovery, Siam Centre and MBK. So if you want to have some serious shopping, this is the perfect place.
Siam Square – Just opposite Siam Centre, start with Soi 5 end with Soi 2. Endless little shops of local designers. Goodies sold from great dresses to vintage bags. Shopping heaven for a budget!
Mah Boon Krong or MBK – A popular mall with hundreds of small shops offering low to mid priced casualwear, shoes, bags, mobile phones etc. Linked to BTS National Stadium Station, or a short walk from BTS Siam Station. This is one of the most famous shopping spot in Bangkok.
Platinum Fashion Mall – A New mall, similar to MBK, but without the need to bargain hard, and with lots of good choices. The Food court in top floor really good. There are ‘retail price’ (if you buy only 1 pc or 2) or ‘wholesale price’ (if you buy 3 pcs or more), which is a lot cheaper. Near Pratunam Area. Some highlights include a baby & kids clothing store, “O’Fin,” near the escalator, and a unique store selling only “white clothes” near the ‘Black Canyon Coffee’
Panthip Plaza – The place to go shopping for computer software and hardware in Bangkok. Hundreds of small stands and shops on four levels are in this multistory complex. Everything from outdated computer parts to new Macs.